Qur’an, Adhan competitions attract over 21,000 global entries

Updated 19 July 2019

Qur’an, Adhan competitions attract over 21,000 global entries

  • The initiative aims to highlight the diversity of the Muslim world’s cultures

RIYADH: More than 21,000 people from 162 countries have so far applied to take part in two prestigious Saudi-organized religious competitions.

Launched earlier this year by Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the Qur’an and Adhan recital contests will offer a winners’ prize pot of SR7 million ($1.9 million).

The initiative aims to highlight the diversity of the Muslim world’s cultures and enhance the image of Islam internationally.

Anyone wishing to participate in the competitions has until the end of July to register. So far, according to the GEA, more than 11,000 entries have been received for the Qur’an recitation contest and at least 9,000 people have applied to take part in the Adhan event.

The competitions are split into several phases. The first stage involves the receipt of applications via the awards’ website followed by the shortlisting of entrants from July 24 to Aug. 23.

On-stage live performances will be held from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24, with the winners being announced and awarded throughout the final stage from Sept. 25 until Oct. 25.

The winner of the Qur’an recital competition will receive SR5 million in prize money, and the Adhan victor will bag SR2 million.

For further information on the terms of participation and to register, visit https://quranathanawards.com


‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

Updated 17 min 37 sec ago

‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

  • Foreign minister said claims were "absurd"
  • Prince Faisal's tweet called for an investigation into the claims

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.”

And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Reports on Wednesday suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”